New Catskill Recreation Center is a huge hit

By Brian Sweeney
The Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville officially opened its doors on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 months after ground was broken for the project.
Margaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick SanfordMargaretville Boy Scouts were among the first swimmers in the pool at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center. The indoor pool and exercise facility is now open for business. More than 100 community residents had signed up for membership by Monday. — Photos by Dick Sanford
Kingdon Gould Jr. was the featured speaker as the opening. Mr. Gould conceived the indoor swimming pool project a number of years ago and he and his family provided the finances for the facility.
Kingdon Gould Jr. addresses the crowd at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville.Kingdon Gould Jr. addresses the crowd at Saturday’s grand opening of the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville.
More than 200 visitors turned out for the opening event and many enjoyed a dip in the pool following the ceremonies and a tour of the facility.
Executive Director Dana Lamsal said that business was brisk as more than 100 community members had signed up for pool memberships by Monday.
FIRST IN: Aubrey, left, and her sister, Teagan Enck, were the lucky winners of the Facebook contest to determine who would be the first people to jump into the pool at opening of the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville. Accompanying them is their mom, Adina Enck.FIRST IN: Aubrey, left, and her sister, Teagan Enck, were the lucky winners of the Facebook contest to determine who would be the first people to jump into the pool at opening of the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville. Accompanying them is their mom, Adina Enck.
In his comments, Mr. Gould said he hopes that residents and visitors alike will enjoy the CRC and that the facility will serve as an economic catalyst for the region, providing jobs and providing people another reason to invest in the area.
Mr. Gould said that building the CRC is a way for his family to give back to the area that has been such an important part of their lives for so many years.

Welcome addition
Others offering remarks at the celebration were Ms. Lamsal, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller. All of the speakers expressed their gratitude for the generosity shown by the Gould family.
Assemblyman Pete Lopez, an avid swimmer,  was among the first swimmers to hit the water at the Catskill Recreation Center opening ceremony on Saturday.Assemblyman Pete Lopez, an avid swimmer, was among the first swimmers to hit the water at the Catskill Recreation Center opening ceremony on Saturday.
Town of Hardenburgh Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn was among those who took part in the ribbon cutting.
“We, at the Town of Hardenburgh, are humbled by the beneficence and community spirit shown by the Gould family. We applaud their efforts to construct this magnificent recreation center.” Supervisor Fairbairn told the News. “Our community will have a facility to be proud of for generations to come.”
In addition to an Olympic-sized pool for swimming laps, the Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) has a “zero-entry” ramp leading to a section of the pool where swimmers can enjoy general recreation.
The CRC also features a 4,000-square-foot section that will house free weights, several types of stationary bikes and other exercise apparatus. It is anticipated that the gym equipment will be set up this week.

Celebration continues
The opening week celebration continues with a number of events that are free to community members (regardless of membership status), including:
• Wednesday, June 11 from 7-8 p.m. – Yoga with Kathy
• Thursday, June 12 from 5-6 p.m. – Water Aerobics with Kathy
• Friday, June 13 from 7:30-9 p.m. – Square Dancing with The Tremperskill Boys, plus hat-making with Wacky Wendy
More events will be added, please visit: catskillrecreationcenter.org for an updated schedule.
Ms. Lamsal said that summer operating hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Hours are subject to change.
The facility is located at 651 County Route 38, Arkville.
She noted that CRC membership fees will help offset operation and maintenance costs, but the levels have been created with the goal of keeping the center affordable.
Membership options, which include pool and access to exercise equipment, have been established as follows:
• Adult memberships (25-64) $30 per month or $330 if paid one year in advance.
• Seniors (65+) $25 per month or $275 if paid one year in advance.
• Young Adults (13-24) $25 per month or $275 if paid one year in advance.
• College (proof of 12+ credits)  $25 per month or $275 if paid one year in advance.
• Child (6 months-12 years with one paying adult) $10 per month or $110 if paid one year in advance.
• Couple, are $50 per month or $550 if paid one year in advance.
• Family Package (must have one adult and one child/young adult,
     - Adults $25 each or $275 if paid one year in advance.
        - Young adults $10 each or $110 if paid one year in advance.
      - Child $5 each or $55 if paid one year in advance.
• Day use Adults (13+) $10. Child (under 12) $5.

To join, or to receive additional information, please contact Ms. Lamsal at 845 586-6250, e-mail: dana@catskillrecreationcenter.org or visit: catskillrecreationcenter.org.